Tips for a successful and stress-free family vacation
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Gainful Tips and Tricks to note for a successful and stress-free family vacation

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Traveling is the best way to spend some quality time with your loved ones as it helps in making the bond grow stronger. Also, it recharges you as you take a break from the monotonous and routine life. You live at leisure without following any programmed schedule. You explore each other by traveling together as a family. Traveling with family is always fun but needs proper planning to make a trip enjoyable and stress-free. Here, I am sharing a few tips and tricks to note for a successful and stress-free family vacation from my personal experience. These pointers will surely help in making your vacation a memorable one.

Make feasible and doable plans: Make doable and realistic plans when traveling with the family. Your itinerary should be designed keeping all members of the group in mind. Their age, capacity to travel, health conditions, etc. Rosy plans won’t work, so be practical and plan accordingly to everyone’s needs. Keep a margin and enough time in hand when you are on a road trip with the family, especially when you have kids or elderly members too. Take breaks at regular intervals to relax and stretch the legs. It is not easy for the kids and old people to sit in the same posture for a longer time. Breaks will help to avoid meltdown moments.

Tips:

  • If you are traveling with a physically challenged/disabled member, ensure carrying a foldable wheelchair with you. There are many portable ones available in the market, opt for those. It will save some boot space.
  • Make sure you keep a medical kit while traveling. In case any member has any particular medical issues, don’t forget to pack all the medicines and keep them handy like asthma inhalers, and other first aid medicines.
  • If you carrying a stroller for kids or a wheelchair, check beforehand whether the roads in the city you are traveling to are wheel friendly.
  • Check the weather forecast before planning your trip.

Destination selection: Choosing a destination wisely is very important when traveling with the family. Opt for a destination which has direct connectivity by train or flight from your origin point. If planning a road trip, then select a place which can be traveled without exerting yourself and other members. Be practical in terms of driving. Make sure everyone is seated well and comfortably, overloading your car will make your journey tiring.

Try to choose a destination which is kid friendly and family friendly. Navigating jungles, trekking, hiking, discovering the obscure destinations may not be a great idea when traveling with old people. Save these for your solo or couple trips.

Book an apartment:

Apartments are the best stay option when you are traveling with the family. It gives you privacy as well as comfort too and adds fun to your vacation. Things become quite convenient when you have an entire apartment at your disposal. You can also check Airbnb as they also offer a functional kitchen like apartments, which is a perfect deal when you have kids or oldies with you. You can cook in case they have any special food requirements.

While choosing accommodation, you should always book the one which is close to the center of the city. It will not only save your traveling time to the sightseeing attractions but also you will save money. It will reduce the need for taxis, cabs or any other public transportation.

Another advantage of booking an apartment close to the main attractions is that if any of the elderly members feel tired or the kids wants to take rest or a nap, you can return soon. It is always advisable to book your stay well in advance. Don’t forget to refer to the reviews of the property before booking it. Check with the hotel about the pick and drop taxi service from the airport or railway station and if available, opt for it. It is a convenient option for the entire family.

Contact book: You need to be prepared for any kind of emergency while traveling hence it is always advisable to keep a phone book handy with the contact numbers of all your friends and family members who can be contacted. Remember to add your hotel and doctor’s number also to call in case you need.

Don’t keep running: It is not feasible to cover many places in a few days when traveling with family. So, plan your itinerary at leisure. This is the major difference in traveling solo and with family. Holidays are for rejuvenation so take it easy and not like a project to discover the whole world during the trip. Explore, eat, enjoy, discover, relax, travel, make memories. No point running throughout the day to cover all the spots and come back tired. Have fun while traveling.

Engaged kids are the happy kids: If you are traveling with kids, you are going to raise them in a different city or country for a few days. No, I am not scaring you, just familiarizing with the reality. You would still be screaming at them but just to make it a little simpler and less stressful, I have a few tips and tricks. Keeping your little ones engaged is the key to a successful vacation. And I am telling this with experience.

My mantra I swear by is to include kid-friendly destinations/activities in my itinerary like boating, amusement parks, water rides, train rides, etc. I let them indulge in their gadgets while I relax and enjoy my me time. It is absolutely OK to watch cartoons and play their favorite movie as vacation is for them too, right? Don’t forget to load your phone/ i-pads /tablets with a lot of their favorite stuff before leaving home. Treat them with their favorite meal to avoid those meltdown moments.

Eatables and other essentials: When traveling with family, don’t forget to pack ample of water and food. You can keep the packaged or homemade, mess-free snacks to munch on. A few of my favorites while traveling are dry fruits, dry cakes, muffins, fruits, sandwiches, makhane (foxnuts), pretzels, baked chips, crackers, etc. Also carry facewash, sanitizers, paper soap strips, tissues, wet wipes on a road trip.

Keep your camera ready: I love candid shots as they are the best. Take lots and lots of photos and videos during the trip. Capture those random moments – silly, crazy, laughing, frowning, happy and all. Get on the street and absorb the charm of nature and collect memories. As they say, a family that eats together, prays together, travels together stays together. Go and live life.

You can read my last post in this series here

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Sanjota Purohit
April 8, 2019 2:07 am

Loved your tips. Travelling is messy, especially with kids. Great tips for family travel.

Saba
April 8, 2019 2:54 am

Noting down all these points coz it’s soon going to be a holiday time

Abhijit
April 8, 2019 5:05 am

Very practical tips. Yes it is important to consider every persons needs when travelling in a group with people of different ages and different degree of fitness.

Mayuri Nidigallu
April 8, 2019 5:34 am

Extensive travelling and too many mistakes have taught me well. I never travel without my medicine kit and my favorite easy to carry snacks.
This post should guide to be travellers well. Very helpful.

Harjeet Kaur
April 8, 2019 7:10 am

Very helpful tips Vartika. It is always good to plan family vacations these days. In our times we would just tow the line, obey everything that was said. Whenever we travel now we book Airbnb and it is so convenient for my grandsons and for me.

Priyanka Nair
Priyanka Nair
April 8, 2019 8:00 am

Some great tips, right on time.

Suhasini
April 8, 2019 9:19 am

Nice tips indeed. With twins you have become an experienced parent now.

Rashi Roy
April 8, 2019 9:35 am

Valid points

Manas Mukul
April 8, 2019 10:46 am

Nice one Vartika. Stress na ho to family vacation kaisi. 😀 . Just kidding. Some lovely pointers there.

Aditi Kapur
April 8, 2019 1:43 pm

Noted! Useful tips for a lovely vacation:)

Sonia Chatterjee
April 8, 2019 4:14 pm

This is a much needed post, specially for parents like us traveling with kids. Very well written.

vidhya
April 8, 2019 4:58 pm

these are some amazing tips! I’ll keep in mind!!

Ujjwal
Ujjwal
April 8, 2019 7:02 pm

Thank you. I have bookmarked and will use the tips for my next vacation.

Surbhi Prapanna
April 8, 2019 7:08 pm

Great tips with proper detailing Vartika, you had covered all points so well. will help a lot to all of us for planning the next trip.

Namratha
April 8, 2019 9:19 pm

Definitely “engaged kids are happy kids”. Some really good points in your article. Like you said, we need to keep in mind the feasibility of all the people on the trip and not try cover every sightseeing location of the place we visit.

Neha Sharma
April 9, 2019 8:23 am

These are some excellent tips for families. Many times I have seen people completely ignoring the requirements & needs of elderly & kids during a vacation which is not right.

Shilpa Garg
April 10, 2019 11:10 am

A little bit of planning goes a long way in making a vacation happy and successful for everyone. You have shared some truly relevant and must follow tips.

Deepa
Deepa
April 14, 2019 5:25 pm

I agree with most of the points you shared. Travelling with elderly and kids needs special planning. You mentioned right points.

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